BUTTE – The Kennedy School in Butte has been approved for nearly $2 million in upgrades that will include getting rid of two nearly 30-year-old outbuildings.
“They’ve kind of outlived their useful life and when we had significant snowfall we had some issues with the roofs where the roofs were buckling and they’re starting to leak,” said School District Business Director Dennis Clague.
The funding will come out of a $35 million levy adopted last year. The project will include razing the outbuildings and adding on to the current structure.
“Add two classrooms and a science/technology library space in the same footprint that the portables were using so we’re not taking up anymore space up there at Kennedy, but then we’ll be able to connect that directly to the building so they wouldn’t have to go outside to get into those classrooms,” said Clague.
The school board also noted that there’s a security concern because these two outbuildings are not attached to the main building.
“There are security issues with those buildings as well because they don’t have any line-of-sight directly to the building so people could come in off the hill and get in and nobody’d know about it,” said Clague.
The project is expected to start this summer and could be completed by this January.